Gráinne O'Malley

Grace O'Malley (abt. 1530 - abt. 1603)

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Grace (Gráinne) O'Malley aka Ní Mháille
Born about in Rockfleet Castle, County Mayo, Connacht, Irelandmap
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married (to ) in Connacht, Irelandmap
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Died about in Rockfleet Castle, County Mayo, Connacht, Irelandmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 12 Apr 2016
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Grace O'Malley (c. 1530 – c. 1603; also Gráinne O'Malley, Irish: Gráinne Ní Mháille) was chieftain of the Ó Máille clan in the west of Ireland, following in the footsteps of her father Eoghan Dubhdara Ó Máille. Commonly known as Gráinne Mhaol (anglicised as Granuaile) in Irish folklore. She was nicknamed "The Sea Queen of Connacht" and was a well-known historical figure in 16th-century Irish history; known as a female leader of her sept and engaged in piracy and multiple rebellions against the English overlords of Ireland.

She m. (1) in 1546 to Dónal an Chogaidh Ó Flaithbheartaigh, tánaiste of the O'Flaherty clan. They had three children (Owen, Margaret and Murrough. Dónal was killed in 1565, and O'Malley returned to her own lands. She m. by 1566 Risdeárd an Iarainn ("Iron Richard") Bourke. They had one son Tibbot (Irish Tiobóid na Long; Tibbot of the Ships) who was later knighted as Sir Theobald Bourke and was created 1st Viscount Mayo in 1626.


Body buried at sea[1]


  1. Find A Grave Memorial# 125714664 [1]

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The meeting of Grace O'Malley and Queen Elizabeth I
The meeting of Grace O'Malley and Queen Elizabeth I

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